Sunday 29 July 2018

2nd Battalion takes up New Positions

Monday 29th July 1918

Today the 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment has been packed on to buses on the road between Ferrieres and Bovelles, west of Amiens and driven the ten or twelve miles to Querrieu(1) from where they marched to trenches at Franvillers, west of Albert where they now form divisional reserve for 18th (Eastern) Division. The adjutant voices what is in many of the men's minds - the opportunity soon to retake Albert.

Source: X550/3/wd

(1) This had been General Rawlinson's headquarters during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. It had recently seen an attack by the ANZAC Corps and American units to take three German trenches near le Hamel on the south bank of the Somme overlooking the positions at Villers-Bretonneux from which the initial attack of the great allied offensive would begin on 8th August.

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